Readers’ letters - October 9

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Poor use of police resources

From what I read in the press, the police around the country are always complaining that they are under-resourced.

They explain this is why they are unable to investigate burglaries, find dead bodies or answer emergencies when required.

This may well be so, but with due respect to the elderly lady involved in an accident with a Stagecoach bus, on the Longridge Road a couple of weeks ago, I wonder why the police found it necessary to send no fewer than six police cars to the scene of the accident, fully complete with their crew.

I was actually astonished to see there was six police cars in Preston, hardly ever having seen one before.

The police blocked traffic in both directions for more than two hours, irrespective of whether people had appointments or trains to catch, as I did. Six cars seemed an overkill, as most of the time one constable busied himself taking photographs and measuring distances. Why, I don’t know, as none of it is likely to be used in court.

The rest, from what I could see, stood about in a group, engaged in deep conversation.

I reiterate, this went on for more than two hours!

Some while ago, I was witness to an accident in Las Vegas, USA. The police arrived in force, took notes, called an ambulance, cleared up the scene and we were away in less than an hour.

I mentioned this to one of the policemen.

“Too bad,” he said.

“This is not the United States.”

Douglas Loving, Longridge

Church is not in crisis

The front page story and page four article, Nuns to leave after 160 years (LEP October 5), was high on emotion but low on factual accuracy in a number of respects.

There is no “crisis within the Catholic Church in Preston”, and the departure of the last two nuns in the city is not connected in any way with the closures in the last two years of St Walburge’s and St Ignatius churches.

Indeed both churches have since re-opened and are now operated by two Orders of Priests.

The former provides Mass in the pre-Vatican 2 Rite to Preston Catholics who wish to attend that format of the Mass, and the latter caters to a Catholic Asian community who have a large presence in the city.

The HCJ nuns are not “the latest casualties of a crisis 
which threatens the future of the Catholic Church in the
city”.

Neither is the church in “near terminal decline” and neither is their departure in any way connected with any decision taken by the Bishop of the Lancaster Diocese, the Rt Rev Michael Campbell.

Rather the decision to leave Preston will have been taken by the Mother Superior of their Order and, more than likely, it will have been to enable the two remaining nuns to go to a larger community where they will 
be looked after in their retirement.

Catherine Musgrove’s article, however, does pay a deserving tribute to the enormous contribution the HCJ Nuns have made in the provision of Catholic education to thousands of children in Preston and beyond.

Alongside the FCJs who carried out similar roles in Larkhill Convent, for more than 100 years as well, thousands of children – Catholic, non-Catholic and of no faith – have much to thank these wonderfully dedicated women for – past and present – who selflessly devoted their lives to educating many of the children of Preston.

John Cowdall

Chorley

Walk paid off for good cause

Members of Longridge Unaffiliated Mountaineering and Peregrination Society (LUMPS) have been delighted to present a cheque for £11,000 to the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Preston Hospital.

The 20 miles 20 pubs walk, held on June 20, was a resounding success and was supported by 380 walkers.

Despite rain most of the day, the lengthy walk, from Longridge on a circular route via Hurst Green and Ribchester, ended in sunshine, with food and music at Longridge Civic Hall.

The money raised will enable the unit to buy two vital signs monitors to provide 24-hour monitoring for sick and premature babies.

Myself and the LUMPS team would sincerely like to thank all the walkers and helpers who made this popular annual event such a success.

It makes it all worth the effort when you see everyone enjoying themselves afterwards, dancing with blisters and all!

We are already discussing dates for next year’s walk and the possibility of bussing out to Downham. This year’s walk takes the grand total raised by this annual charity event to £131,880, something that the LUMPS and the community as a whole can be extremely proud of.

Ian Thompson, LUMPS Chairman, Longridge

Old pub name reflects history

I am writing in response to the article in the Evening Post regarding The Tardy Gate Pub (LEP September 24).

The pub, which now has a new owner, wrongly states that the pub is in Lostock Hall. It is actually on the Tardy Gate side.

The new owners should look at the history of the place.

The name goes back as far as 1542, when John Tardy was named as the owner of the land there. The well that is referred to was more than likely there to

water the horses that used to change around there.

The car park was a stable yard. There was a horse trough at the front of the pub and also there was one in front of the cenotaph.

John Tardy had a toll gate across Tardy Gate Lane (Leyland Road) hence the name.

Think again about renaming the pub.

J Stuart, Penwortham

Author of The History of Lostock Hall, Tardy Gate & Farington